According to Phoenix Racing owner James Finch, the team which he has allowed to compete for 23 years, has been sold to a still-unnamed buyer. “It’s sold.” With those words, Finch will now begin his exit from the sport with no regrets, and in the same charismatic fashion which he entered and will be remembered for.
Finch ran his team purely as a business and despite being scorned for not showing driver loyalty, he will be remembered as one of the last “old school” owners the sport had — a Junior Johnson type that has disappeared over the years. Finch stated he would help the new team owner in running day-to-day operations until the September 1 race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Yet, one looming question still remains: who bought Phoenix Racing?
It was reported earlier in the summer former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Terry Labonte had an interest in the team, despite running a partial schedule for FAS Lane Racing in 2013.
Although obviously not confirmed by Finch himself, Harry Scott has been linked to the team and sounds like the mystery man. For the co-owner of Turner-Scott Motorsports, advancing to the Sprint Cup level is the next logical step. If he were the owner of a single-car team, he could also bring with him one of Turner’s drivers with a secured sponsorship.
The driver that fits that bill is Justin Allgaier, who has had a successful NASCAR Nationwide Series career, achieving victory three times. Incredibly consistent and with a dedicated sponsor behind him, Allgaier finds himself 20 points behind points leader Regan Smith.
Phoenix Racing has won one Sprint Cup Series race with NASCAR Champion Brad Keselowski, and 13 times in the Nationwide Series. Hopefully, with a successful new owner and sponsorship stability, the team can find itself in Victory Lane very shortly.
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